Bomb Hoax at Norfolk Collegiate School

Gabby Allen, Managing Editor

This morning, Friday, April 13, Norfolk Collegiate School closed unexpectedly due to the school receiving a “bomb threat via email,” according to a press release and the school’s Director of Communications, Sarah Steil. The school alerted faculty, staff, students, and parents of the unexpected closing in a message via via Facebook, email, text message, and Twitter.

According to the press release, the threat “was immediately reported to the proper authorities,” and all activities, including athletics, were cancelled. Norfolk Fire-Rescue and Norfolk Police were on both the upper and lower school campuses to secure the buildings and investigate the threat. The Police department’s computer forensics unit stated the source of the threat “appears to be a phishing email” and is not related to the allegations of inappropriate conduct of a student earlier this week.

Mr. Kennedy, the school’s headmaster, sent a message to families in which he apologized for the last-minuted closing. He concluded the letter by stating:

“I understand that this has been a difficult week for our community…Please be assured we are taking all appropriate steps to safeguard our students, faculty and staff.”